November Reading List

I know I *know* its mid-December and I'm just now sharing my November reading list. But what can I say? Things get busy around the holidays! Better late than never!


J. Crew Factory: Studio T-Shirt / Lilly Pulitzer: Pajama Pants / BaubleBar: Mini Monogram Necklace David Yurman: Pearl Earrings 

P.S. A girlfriend at work got me these PJ pants for our secret Santa exchange and I loveeee them and I'm hard to shop for! They also double as really cute beach pants FYI! I've also found a new way to curl my hair to give it more of a beachy vibe. If you guys like it let me know down below and I can share how I curl it in another blog post.



Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher
Summary: On her birthday, Senna wakes up locked in a house in the middle of nowhere surrounded by an electrical fence. Now it's up to her to tap into her past and figure out why she's here and more importantly, how to get out. She holds the key to her freedom but it's not without heading down a road she has tried to suppress. 

Why I liked it: I don't even know where to start or why I loved this book so much but I did. I've been thinking about it ever since and I feel like I want to re-read it. It was a thriller and really left you confused for half the book but once you pieced it together it all worked out perfectly. I like how the author wrote the main character; how she made her real. They also connected a real song to the book that made it perfect. I love the song and I love how it helped tell the story of the main character. 

Would I recommend it: YES!!

All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker
Summary: Jenny suffers a violent attack at a high school party and her parents decide to try a new drug to medically erase her memory of the event. But there's a problem: you can't actually erase a memory because while the brain may forget, the body remembers. 

Why I liked it: Oh man this was a hard one to read. It was pretty graphic and was too dark to get into at times, but I pushed through and I was able to really get into it. I think the overall summary of this book was emotion. It made me really emotional: sad, angry, scared, relived, confused. It really just brought out all my emotions, and they were STRONG. Thats how I tell the sign of a good movie and now, a good book. 

Would I recommend it: Yes!

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Summary: It's a story of a young couple who has hit a breaking point in their marriage and instead of calling it quits officially, they decide to take a year off: a year apart from marriage. It's a story about falling in love, falling out and finding your way back to yourself again.

Why I liked it: It was a good pallet cleanser from my thrillers. It's an easy beach read and one that is a simple book to go through. It's nowhere near her best books (and I've read many of her books) but it was still cute. It had me turning the page wanting to see what happened.

Would I recommend it: Yes

The Breakdown by B. A. Paris
Summary: Cass drove down a road she wasn't supposed to be at night and saw something out of the ordinary but didn't seem to do anything about it. But days and weeks after she felt as if something was off. Wy didn't she help? Why didn't she get out of the car? What if? It keeps nagging her and is driving her to the point of crazy. Is someone watching her? Why is she forgetting everything? Will anyone help?

Why I liked it: I LOVED her last book, Behind Closed Doors so I decided to pick this one up. It was a good book but nothing like her other. I liked that you thought one thing the whole way through and then in the end there's a twist that changes everything. Something you really wouldn't see coming!

Would I recommend it: Yes

A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena
Summary: Karen was in a bad car accident in a bad part of town, running from something or someone. But when her husband Tom, and the police, ask her why she was there or what she was doing -- she can't remember. Now she's home trying to pick up the missing pieces.

Why I liked it (Why I stopped reading it): The writing for me just wasn't good. I couldn't get into it. It was told via a third person narrative and it was just all "he said this" "she said that" and I just couldn't get into it. I will pick it back up again to see it with fresh eyes. It was nothing like The Couple Next Door -- which I loved!

Would I recommend it: Unsure

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